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Art & Home: April 2017


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Extraordinary Properties: Owning a Castle is a Passion Project

In the world of luxury real estate, perhaps no category of residence invites as much fantasy as the castle. Germany, England, Spain and, most notably, France, offer high concentrations of these historic buildings, where bedrooms number in the dozens and amenities include moats, towers and turrets.

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Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi’s
Romantic Santa Barbara Villa

When beloved talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres and her wife, actress Portia de Rossi, first saw this elegant stone villa in the hills of Santa Barbara, they were immediately taken by the pastoral ambience of the Tuscan-like countryside around it – the gentle sunlight, the rugged stone and the reverence its construction had shown for the natural surroundings.

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Gloria Cortina’s New Expression
of Mexican Design

When it was time for college, Gloria Cortina desperately wanted to go to architecture school, but her fiercely conservative father forbade it, so adamant was he that she become a stay-at-home wife and mother. Ironically, marriage proved her liberation: “My husband Santiago introduced me to a world of possibilities,” says Cortina, now a much sought-after interior designer.

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Best of Burgundy

Undisputedly prestigious and highly coveted, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti is the most revered of Burgundian wines, whose acronym alone – DRC – commands the attention of anyone seeking to enter fine wine’s Valhalla.

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Centuries of Style at Chatsworth

Chatsworth House, the Derbyshire seat of the Dukes of Devonshire and home to the Cavendish family for five centuries, has long been celebrated as one of the great treasure houses of England.

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Hidden Gem: The Bonsai Collection

IMG_0103A trip to the Arnold Arboretum is not complete unless you visit the Larz Anderson Collection of Japanese Bonsai Trees. Located approximately 10 minutes from the Arborway Main Entrance is a beautiful wooden structure that houses 35 bonsai trees.

This collection of Japanese Bonsai Trees at the Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain was originally imported into the United States by Larz Anderson in 1913, after his return from serving as ambassador to Japan. When Anderson died in 1937, his wife Isabel Anderson donated the majority of their bonsai collection (30 plants) to the Arnold Arboretum. When Isabel died in 1949 the rest of the collection came to the Arboretum. The core of the collection consists of 6 bonsai that are between 150 and 275 years old.  Since the donation of the original collection additional bonsai have been added for a total of 35 trees.

In Japan, the cultivation of Bonsai dates back 1,000 years. With the use of techniques such as pruning, root reduction, defoliation, and grafting, bonsai growers create attractive miniature trees identical in shape and style to full-size trees.

Normally bonsai can be left outdoors all winter with minimal protection but with New England’s severe climate the plants need to be protected. During the winter months the plants are stored in a concrete-block structure. The plants go into cold storage in November and come out in mid-April.

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The collection is on view daily from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. from mid April through mid November, excluding holidays.

 Source: The Arnold Arboretum
Photos: Angela Mark

Featured Listing: Top Floor, Urban Chic Condo in Porter Square

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28 Holyoke Road, Unit 3 – Somerville

Offered at $569,900

Renovated top floor, urban chic home in A+ Porter Square location. Light filled condo highlighted by vaulted ceilings and skylights. Fantastic kitchen for cooking with ample counter space, breakfast bar, stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops. Sought after open floor plan with two good sized bedrooms. Want outdoor space? Enjoy your own deck and a private fenced-in patio. Additional amenities include central air, in-unit laundry, recessed lighting, private storage and a pet friendly association. In addition, the location offers easy access to the Red Line subway, commuter rail, supermarket, pharmacy, book store and restaurants within a few blocks. Walk Score 92.

Listing Agent: Cathleen Lane, 617.943.9980,

View more information on 28 Holyoke Road here or visit for more available homes.

About life in Somerville:

It’s the city known for zany festivals, hipsters, and arguably more artists per capita than most of the East Coast. Meet Somerville, one of the most densely populated cities in the country with just over four square miles to work with. Its enviable location is only two miles from Boston’s city center close to Cambridge.

Named Best-Run City in Massachusetts by The Boston Globe, Somerville packs an urban-planning punch. It’s won the All-American City award three times since 1972 for its ideal walking and biking routes, and cities throughout Massachusetts and New England look to become “the next Somerville” in terms of its roaring success in residential initiatives.  From its roots as a revolutionary hotspot to an industrial juggernaut, it’s now setting into its status as a vibrant, community-centered location with a bright future ahead.

Featured Rental: Beautifully Renovated Cape House

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Exclusive Listing – Laudholm Road, Newton

$5,000/month, Available August 1st

Exceptional Newton rental renovation! Classic Brick front Cape home in prime Cabot School location. There’s plenty of space with an attached 2 car garage plus additional driveway parking. Perfectly situated on a lovely side street, this home is unparalleled! From the landscaping design by Zen Associates to the exquisite kitchen featuring Alno Cabinetry, there is much to appreciate. Further kitchen amenities include Miele and Bosch Appliances, 5 Burner Gas Miele Cooktop with vented exhaust fan, Sub Zero Refrigerator, glass and onyx backsplash.

This home also offers Andersen Wood replacement windows throughout, a new family room with radiant heated slate floor, and great closets. The main water line was replaced in 2013, the main roof in 2012, and in the garage roof in 2010. There’s central air and heat, laundry, and an outdoor patio with a yard. Beautifully finished lower level. A breathtaking home to treasure.

To learn more about this Newton rental, contact our rental department at:
617.264.7900 (Brookline), 617.522.2200 (JP), or 617.332.1400 (Newton)
or send us a message at

About life in Newton:

Recently rated by Money Magazine as one of the top places to live in America, Newton is a sought after community in the Greater Boston Area.  While located minutes from Boston on the Massachusetts Pike, Newton offers its residents the convenience of city living in a more suburban environment.

Newton has a lot to offer its residents when it comes to the outdoors. This includes many public playgrounds, parks, and a swimming pool that is open in the summer, as well as the most noteworthy Crystal Lake. When it comes to eateries, Newton prides itself on a lengthy list of dining establishments: restaurants of all types of food and ethnicity are found scattered throughout the city.

Want to see more? Check out the Laudholm Road rental here or search for the rental of your choice here.

Featured Listing: Marvelous Manhattan Style Condo in Coolidge Corner

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1272 Beacon Street, Unit 6 – Brookline

Offered at $1,750,000

Come see this rarely available Manhattan style floor-through condominium home conveniently located in the heart of Coolidge Corner. This south facing unit with natural sunlight flooding in is a wonderful single family alternative. This home features an expansive living area encompassing both a fireplaced formal living room and dining room perfect for entertaining and has plenty of space to spare for children and grand children to play in. This home features a beautifully updated double sink kitchen with new granite counters. The bedrooms are all graciously sized including the master with its owns bathroom. In addition, there is an additional bedroom with its own half bath that could easily be used as an Au Pair suite or nursery. Conveniently located off of the master bedroom is a marvelous sun room waiting to be used as an office, workout area or just a space in which to relax. This wonderful home is located in an elevator building with private storage and a common area roof deck with unsurpassed city views.

Listing Agent: Scott Goldsmith, 617.529.2434,

View more information on 1272 Beacon Street here or visit for more available homes.

About life in Brookline:

If Brookline, MA is on your radar as a potential place to live then it’s clear how much it has to offer for a quality lifestyle. In fact, a report conducted last year by Niche ranked Brookline as the best suburban community in the entire country based on livability. The high grade was based on things including safety, weather, schools, access to activities, jobs, transportation and housing.

The charming town of Brookline is hard to beat with its amenities, character and close proximity to Boston. From popular villages with great restaurants and shopping to grand homes in the shadow of The Country Club, Brookline makes for a great place to live.

Featured Rental: Sunny Brookline Two Bed

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Exclusive Listing – Harvard Avenue, Brookline

$2,500/month, Available May 1st

This sunny, garden level apartment has two rather large bedrooms, both big enough for beds plus desk/office areas, and also offers an updated eat-in-kitchen and in-unit laundry. Living in Brookline has never been this splendid! Almost halfway between Coolidge Corner and Brookline Village, there is an abundance of dining, shopping, and entertainment options close by. Easy access to the Longwood Medical Area, T & bus lines, and multiple parks. Off-street parking is available for an additional cost.

To learn more, contact our rental department at:
617.264.7900 (Brookline), 617.522.2200 (JP), or 617.332.1400 (Newton)
or send us a message at

Want to see more? Check out the Harvard Avenue rental here or search for the rental of your choice here.

Hidden Gem: Japanese Temple Bell


Located near a path in the Back Bay Fens is a 17th century Japanese Buddhist temple bell. Cast in 1675 the 450-pound bell rang for centuries in religious ceremonies at the Manpuku-ji temple in Sendai, Japan. The bell was original dedicated to Bishamon, a Buddhist god of children and good luck.

During WWII the Japanese government pressured its citizens to donate metals to be smelted down and turned into artillery, including all temple bells.  Japan lost 95% of all their temple bells as a result. During the American invasion of Japan, Navy soldiers found over 500 bells waiting to be turned into weapons of war. Sailors from the USS Boston (CA-69) salvaged the bell and presented it to the city of Boston in 1946. In 1953, Kyukichi Anzai, Representative of the Believers’ Committee of Manpukuji Temple, Sendai (Japan), formally donated the bell to Boston to create a cultural bridge between the citizens of Boston and the citizens of Sendai as a link for the attainment of peace in the world. In 1993, the bell was restored through funding from the Japan Foundation and can be seen today in the War Memorial area of the Fens.

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LEARN: Residential Real Estate for the Small, Start-up Investor


Owner and agent, Chuck Silverston, will be teaching a class about residential real estate for start-up investors on Tuesday, May 2nd at Brookline High School from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Register Here.

Real estate remains one of the best investments yielding relatively high returns for relatively low risks, and in the current market, rental housing is in high demand and low supply. Today in Brookline’s Coolidge Corner, a one bedroom condominium unit rents for $1,950 to $2,600 per month, and sometimes even more. Selling prices for such units are in the range of $425,000 to $525,000, and the cash-on-cash return on such an investment can be about four to five percent per year and much higher than a CD, or other investments. In this course, we will review financial and economic factors that have resulted in current market conditions and discuss advantages of investing in small condominium units in select locations. We will use real examples and demonstrate basic cash flow analysis methods. Students will learn basic topics like capitalization rate, cash on cash return, and why real estate is a smart investment.

About Chuck Silverston

Chuck SilverstonChuck has been a top agent for over ten years and even earned the designation by Trendgraphix as the number one buyer’s agent in Brookline. Chuck is a Principal at Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty. He has owned the Paris Creperie Cafe for over 15 years and has lived in Brookline for 20 years. Chuck has one daughter, Lilli, that attends Brookline High School. He served as co-chair of the Pierce School PTO from 2010-2012 and currently serves on the Board of the Brookline Education Foundation.

Featured Listing: An Elegant Tudor in Brookline Hills

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89 Welland Road – Brookline

Offered at $1,799,900

Located in Brookline Hills, this updated, well maintained Tudor home offers over 3,300 square feet of living space. The first floor boasts a chef’s kitchen with oversized island, stone countertops, stainless steel – high end appliances (Wolf, Sub-Zero and Miele), including two dishwashers, ovens and sinks. Through the sliding glass doors awaits a beautifully landscaped oasis complete with patio and Koi pond. The first floor also offers a formal living room complete with fireplace, wet bar and a separate dining room with built in china cabinet. The second floor has three plus bedrooms including a master suite with en-suite bathroom and office/sitting room.

Other highlights include a fully finished lower level with family room, laundry room and Au-Pair Suite with kitchenette, newly updated master and family baths, central air, storage galore and a two car detached garage. This property is conveniently located close to schools, public transportation and highway access.

Listing Agent: Sean Preston, 617.901.9977,

View more information on 89 Welland Road here or visit for more available homes.

Featured Rental: New Construction 3 Bed in Jamaica Plain

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Exclusive Listing – Washington Street, Jamaica Plain

$3,200/month, Available Now

Appealing amenities abound in this three bed, two and a half bath Jamaica Plain rental. This available duplex apartment totals over 1800 square feet of new construction living space, a contemporary and spacious abode in JP’s exemplary community. The interior space includes an open floor plan kitchen, living, and dining room, thoughtfully designed. Central air, in-unit laundry, and basement storage are further perks. Outdoor space includes a back deck for relaxing or entertaining and one off-street parking spot is included in the rent. There is easy access to the T and bus lines for a streamlined commute to Downtown Boston and other areas. Close to stores, restaurants, and green space.

To learn more, contact our rental department at:
617.264.7900 (Brookline), 617.522.2200 (JP), or 617.332.1400 (Newton)
or send us a message at

Want to see more? Check out the Washington Street rental here or search for the rental of your choice here.